Former SIU Men's Soccer player Arthur-Kalala Katalayi uses his international expertise to help the youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Giving Back to Africa organization.
"My role at Giving Back to Africa consists of raising awareness about the importance of education in the Democratic Republic of Congo", said Katalayi. "Education is the basis of economic development and as such, we have 250 children that we sponsor at an orphanage in Kinshasa via funds raised in the US. I am also responsible for creating global strategic partnerships with organizations that will help us meet our goals and mission of fostering education in the DRC."
Giving Back to Africa (GBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the long-term mission of educating young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In partnership with local Congolese educational institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), their goal is to empower GBA beneficiaries - through service-centered education - to become servant-leaders capable of taking control of their own lives while serving as change agents in their local communities and throughout the nation.
Arthur was born in Lyon, France, but grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He earned as Bachelors of Science Degree from Salem International in 2005 and went on to earn his Master's Degree from Rider University (New Jersey) in 2009.
"My time at Salem was wonderful and the fact that I was surrounded by a lot of different nationalities really made me look at life differently," continued Katalayi. "Not everyone gets the privilege to receive a good education, and if it wasn't for the one I received at Salem I would never have been able to do what I do today."
"(SIU Men's Soccer) Coach (Florin) Marton gave me the opportunity to be a soccer student-athlete and I will never forget that. Now, all I am trying to do is the same for other youngsters through Giving Back to Africa."
Article posted on 2012-10-29 21:18:04